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Guilsfield Res v TNS Reserves
Nathan Brown in action for TNS Reserves, who beat Guilsfield 2-0 on Saturday - report
WITH Saints out of action this weekend, Bangor City, Rhyl and Caersws closed the gap at the top to just three points, although TNS have a game in hand.
Bangor City moved into second place with a 3-0 win at the Cwmbran Stadium.
The Citizens well and truly spoilt Cwmbran's homecoming party as the Gwent outfit returned home for the first time this season after playing nine consecutive on-the-road league and cup matches while their home ground underwent improvements.
City went ahead on eight minutes when recent strike signing Tony Gray fired past goalkeeper Gareth Wesson at his near post, although they had to wait until ten minutes from time to score their second goal.
Wesson’s poor throw was thumped back in by Paul Friel and when Cwmbran defender Kristian James’ headed clearance came down off the crossbar, hard-working striker Paul Roberts stroked home the rebound from close range.
And with just seconds remaining, former TNS midfielder Mark Connelly wrapped up the scoring following a goalmouth scramble.
Rhyl are in third after a 2-0 Friday night success at Belle Vue over Airbus UK.
The Wingmakers defended stubbornly with Lee McElmeel and Dave Nottage having opportunities but unable to trouble home keeper Paul Smith.
Rhyl hardly dazzled under their new 1000 Lux floodlights and it was four minutes before the break when Chris McGinn finally broke the deadlock with a deflected shot from outside the box.
Former TNS man Timmy Edwards got the second with a header from Marc Limbert's cross on the hour.
Graham Evans led the way with a hat-trick as Caersws eased past Afan Lido 4-1 at the Recreation Ground to maintain their challenge.
Another ex-Saint was on target as Aberystwyth overcame bottom club Llanelli 2-0 at Park Avenue.
David Bridgwater put the Black & Greens in front when he volleyed in a Richard Ryan cross but it was two minutes from time before Sion Meredith made the points safe when he lobbed Reds' keeper Huw Liddell for the second.
17 October 2021
 
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